Having lost the previous two games against the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors will be looking to avoid three consecutive defeats to their Western Conference rivals in the pre-season which both the sides meet in the 3rd exhibition game at Staples Center, tomorrow on Thursday morning (IST).
Both the teams have flirted with their line-ups in the pre-season games, resting superstars while missing key players through injuries. But despite the randomness of the squad, both the teams are amongst the favourites to qualify for the postseason.
Match Timing: October 17, @ 08:00 AM IST
Venue – Staples Center
GSW vs LAL DREAM11 Team News:
Los Angeles Lakers –
Lakers’ fans must have heaved a big sigh of relief when the scans revealed the extent of Anthony Davis’ injury, which was no more than the sprain. The 26-year-old forward, who arrived from New Orleans Pelicans in a blockbuster deal in the off-season, exited the game-2 of the China tour against Brooklyn Nets due to a thumb injury.
Head coach Frank Vogel was confident that Davis could return to the line-up for Lakers’ final preseason game against the Golden State Warriors, But he will surely sit this game out.
Lakers will also be without LeBron James in this game if the reports in the media are anything to go by. The 34-year-old three-time NBA champion is expected to miss this game due to rest purposes.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers superstar is expected to be joined by Danny Green, Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo on the sideline, with all the aforementioned players missing this game for the rest purposes.
Quinn Cook is on contention to make his Lakers debut in this preseason after recovering from a calf strain.
Los Angeles Lakers squad for the NBA Pre-Season 2019:
Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Avery Bradley, JaVale McGee, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Zach Norvell Jr., Jordan Caroline, Demetrius Jackson, Devontae Cacok, DeMarcus Cousins, Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso, Rajon Rondo, Kyle Kuzma, Jared Dudley, Troy Daniels, Talen Horton-Tucker, Dwight Howard
Golden State Warriors –
This game may lose more star power as superstar Stephen Curry is long due a rest in this preseason having featured in all of Warriors’ preseason matches. Since Warriors have one more practice game after their next game before opening their 2019-20 regular season with a home game against Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Kerr may opt to rotate here heavily.
In addition, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell are both expected to be held out from this game.
Kevon Looney (hamstring) and Alec Burks (ankle) both will be missing this match through injuries.
All-Star Klay Thompson is expected to miss the whole of the 2019-20 NBA regular season.
Golden State Warriors squad for the NBA Pre-Season 2019:
Stephen Curry, Ky Bowman, Willie-Caulie Stein, Jacob Evans III, Alec Burks, Draymond Green, Andrew Harrison, Alen Smailagic, Omari Spellman, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Marquese Chriss, Damion Lee, Kevon Looney, Devyn Marble, Alfonzo McKinnie, Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, Glenn Robinson III, D’Angelo Russell
GSW vs LAL Dream11 Playing Team (Probable 5) :
GSW– Eric Paschall, Glenn Robinson III, Marquese Chriss, Jordan Poole, Jacob Evans
LAL– Jared Dudley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Dwight Howard, Zach Norvell Jr., Alex Caruso
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GSW vs LAL Dream11 Predictions:
Since a heavy rotation is expected here, it could be anybody’s game. But Lakers’ 2nd unit has done relatively well that Warriors, and we back Frank Vogel’s men to win this game.